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October 11, 2010

Harmony rather than controversies needed on Kashmir

Lahore

October 11, 2010

Eminent Indian scholar Kuldip Nayar has highlighted two fundamental aspects of the Kashmir movement in one of his recent writings. The first aspect he pointed out is that, there is no Pakistani hand in the promotion of the Kashmir movement, and secondly, the movement has nothing to do with the militants or militancy.
This indeed is a very formal and realistic assessment of an Indian scholar, who has closely watched the vicissitudes in the movement from its inception in early part of 20th Century todate. In fact, Kashmiris started their struggle in 1931; much earlier than Pakistan came into being, therefore, its indigenous nature is incontestable.
Recently, the former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf in an interview with the SPIEGEL ONLINE, a German publication has allegedly said that, “Pakistan trained militant underground groups to fight against India in Kashmir.” The former president, otherwise in the grip of many controversies since the announcement of his new political party, has disowned these words later and said that he never meant promoting militancy in Kashmir, rather he meant political support by Pakistan. However, his imprudent comments regarding the struggle for the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people have seriously dented its indigenous nature, widely acknowledged globally as well as by Indian leaders and scholars.
The people of Indian Occupied Kashmir and Kashmiris all around the globe have strongly resented the remarks and maintained that such statements are nothing more than a conspiracy intended to impair their self-generated struggle having the authenticity of UNO, through a number of its resolutions. The people of Pakistan and its institutions considered that the misguided statement is nothing more than a fortuitous slip of tongue, upon provocation by the host. The Foreign Office of Pakistan has strongly rejected the statement and said, “Pakistan has never trained militants to fight in Kashmir,

however, it supports Kashmiri’s struggle for right of independence.”
Indeed, owing to its historically inalienable attachment, Pakistan has always provided moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people. This support for the rightful cause of Kashmiris has been misconstrued at times.
The State of Jammu and Kashmir as a whole is a disputed territory, as accepted by UNO. Its future status has to be determined by its people in the light of UN resolutions, therefore, till that, no country can claim that it as its integral part. The Indian glee that Pervez Musharraf has consented to its stance is in fact unfounded, as Pakistan follows the policy of non-interference in others affairs through promotion of peace. However, Pakistan considers neither Kashmir is India’s territory nor Pakistan has ever sponsored militancy there. Indeed, what all has happened during the reign of President Musharraf that India sealed its side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir using heavy concertina wires, thus denying any chance of infiltration from Azad Kashmir to Indian Occupied Kashmir.
For a better future and peace of the region, what is required is that instead of creating controversies over this globally recognized dispute, the former as well as current leadership, together with intellectuals of both countries should find out a way forward for its equitable resolution, in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
In this regard, besides formal diplomatic channels, informal forums like Aman Ki Asha, can prove helpful to a greater extent. However, at the national level, there is more need of harmony, rather creating controversies. The writer is an analyst of international relations. Email: [email protected]

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